AF Academy hosts alleged former terrorists

Nice intersection of two of my favorite topics – the overabundance of religion in the military and the religious right’s demonization of Islam. The 3 gents are now born again Christians who claim they were previously muslim terrorists.

Critics of the presentation include the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. This group, which is “suing the federal government to combat what it calls creeping evangelism in the armed forces, said it was typical of the Air Force Academy to invite born-again Christians to address cadets on terrorism rather than experts who could teach students about the Middle East.”

Another critic quoted in the article, Douglas Howard, a professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., who teaches the history of the modern Middle East, says he heard one of the men speak last November at his college and reported, “It was just an old time gospel hour — ‘Jesus can change your life, he changed mine,’…mixed in with ‘Watch out America, wake up America, the danger of Islam is here.’ ”

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